Hiding a boob job?! A to D cup.

Hello, I am 21 and have been wanting a breast augmentation for years now but my parents do not approve of it. Although im old enough to get this procedure without their permission, i was wondering is it possible to hide a boob job? I am a small A cup and want a small D or full C cup. I have heard that a sports bra can definitely flatten your boobs under a shirt or sweater, but i wanted more options. Thanks!

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Two things, if you are tiny and have not had children, the chance of successfully going from an A to a D, with natural looking and feeling breasts, is pretty low (like zero).     Secondly, if you go from an A to a D, you will not hide it.    Best to talk with your parents and get them to see your point of view.

Anyone who knows you well

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and has seen you at your least will appreciate that you had something done and you can never fool moms.  So just go ahead and do it... you're an adult and your family must appreciate that, even if they personally would disapprove.  As for camouflaging your results, black is great and loose fitting outfits too.  Anything else will tell the world that you had it done, or are just well endowed.  You can't compress volume... 

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Hiding a boob job?! A to D cup.

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Thank you for your question. Remember, it is best to be seen in person by a double-board-certified plastic surgeon for precise diagnosis and treatment.

Moneer Jaibaji, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Hiding a Boob Job - Make it Natural

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It's important to know what size bra you currently wear. Is it a 32, 34, 36 bra, and, of course, the cup size. The strap size is important to know because that affects the diameter of the cup and subsequently the diameter of the breast implant that we choose. We also need to know your height, your weight, and it's helpful to know your dress size as well.

 In addition, it would be very helpful if you include photos of yourself. A front view, a side view, and a three-quarter view are most helpful. This will let us see if there are any breast asymmetries, if the breasts are narrow, if the breasts are wide, what your chest wall looks like, and this will also help us make a decision as to the best size breast implant for you.

 In my experience in general, if a woman wears a size 36 AB bra and would like to be a C cup, which is the average size that women wear and the average size bra that is sold, she needs a volume of approximately 350 to 390 cc to make that change. This becomes less if she's wearing a 34 bra, because it has a smaller strap size and the cups have a smaller diameter. A smaller diameter implant would then be a volume of approximately 300 to 350 cc. In the same way if she was more petite, maybe a double zero or size one and wore a 32 AB bra, then to become a 32C cup she would only require about 250 to 300 cc.

 This is a general number, and of course there are other factors that will affect this. For example, if she has a chest wall issue where the chest is slightly sunken, this is called a pectus deformity, then she would require a little bit more volume to first bring her chest to a level position and then move forward to the projection of a C cup. This may require implants of about 50cc more. It's important to examine the patient and have complete information to make this decision.

 breast implant size

1.   32 a   to 32 c   needs about 250-275 cc

2.   34a    to 34c     needs about 300-350 cc

3.   36a    to 36 c     needs about 350-400 cc

4.   You will be a double dd or larger  with 400

Your doctor will work with you to choose the best implant #shape and #implantprofile based on your goals and measurements.  In my practice, about 15-20% of the patients are good candidates for silicone #shapedimplants.  The profile is determined by the amount of projection versus roundness that the patient desires, as well as the size of the implant and size of her chest. The profiles are usually described as high, moderate plus and moderate.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

How to Hide?

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There are several things you can do to minimize the detectability of your implants:

- Use a lower profile implant since these will give you less fullness in the upper part of the chest.

- Wear loose fitting clothing.

-Avoid push-up bras. Instead a sports bra tends to hold the implants in and makes them less noticeable.

On a final note, hiding something from a close family member often leads to hurt feelings when the secret becomes known. A gentle but firm conversation is a more honest way to go and avoids the need for continually hiding your secret.

George Sanders, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Breast augmentation - hiding the results

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The best way to hide the results is to wear loose fitting clothes.  You'd be surprised how many people you can fool.  Also, when you do wear tighter clothes, nowadays most people will think it's a padded push up bra.

Christopher Costanzo, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Hiding Breast Augmentation

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This is a question that is often asked by women whom have parents who do not approve of their choice to undergo breast  augmentation surgery. Ultimately you have to do what makes YOU happy and what is beat for YOU. Be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon that will advise you on how to achieve your goals and help you understand the details of  your surgery. Sports bras as you mentioned as well as large sweaters will help camouflage your new breasts. Best of luck to you.

Hiding a breast augmentation

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Often times people want a breast augmentation to create larger breasts. You can still have a natural result with implants but this may be hard to "hide" from your family depending on the social situation and clothes you are wearing. Consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon can help understand your goals and how to achieve them. Best, MMT

Breast augmentation

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Depending on your style of clothing, hiding your augmentation may be possible, but realistically, it will be difficult to hide from your parents indefinitely. Keep in mind that after your surgery, your breasts may appear even higher or larger than planned due to swelling and inflammation. Also, any attempts to flatten or compress your breasts during the healing phase can negatively affect your outcome and can increase your risk of having complications. You should consider discussing this with your family prior to your surgery so you can live comfortably. Your surgeon may be able to speak to them as well with your permission to explain the process as well. Hope this helps!

Johnson C. Lee, MD Plastic Surgery

Johnson C. Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Hiding a boob job?! A to D cup.

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Under no circumstances would I recommend doing anything that might bring significant discord to a family. Talk to your Mom about your thoughts and ask her to accompany you to a surgical consult so she can understand why women seek out and benefit from this procedure. Once she understands how this can bring benefits to you she may change her thinking. If not then whether or not you as an adult proceed with the surgery is up to you, but you can't hide the results.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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